Couple has had Chemistry for 60 years

02-12-2016

By: Wendell Dilling

Dillings
Marcia and Wendell Dilling
Wendell Dilling and Marcia Taylor met in 1956 at Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana, where both were undergraduate students majoring in chemistry. Wendell, a junior, was the lab assistant for Marcia's sophomore quantitative analysis class. When she needed assistance in the lab, he was quite willing to help.
 
That led to their first date, a walk through the snow downtown to see the movie “War and Peace," possibly foreshadowing things to come.
 
In 1958, following Wendell’s senior year and Marcia’s junior year at Manchester, they were married in Polo, Illinois, Marcia’s hometown. They headed to Purdue University, living in a one-room apartment on Ross Ade Drive, and four years later, Wendell received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Marcia received her B.S. degree in chemistry, taking classes part time while working in the Chemistry Department for Jon Amy. Her duties included obtaining infrared spectra needed by graduate students (including Wendell) for their research.
 
After finishing at Purdue they moved to Midland, Michigan, to pursue careers as chemists for The Dow Chemical Company. Now retired from Dow, they have a daughter, Robin, and two granddaughters, Natasha and Shea. While growing up, Robin heard more than she cared to about chemistry and chose to become a certified public Accontant instead of a chemist.

In recognition of the education they received at Purdue, the Dillings (with Dow's help) are establishing the Wendell and Marcia Dilling Chemistry Scholarship.

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